|Glosson, Garfield Co. Sheriff's Office|
Information gleaned from the above sources plus the Salt Lake Tribune indicate that the abuse may have actually begun as far back as December 2010. The civil suit alleges that due to the absence of appropriate oversight, supervision and security policies, procedures and practices, Glosson was allowed to have repeated access to individual students privately, in multiple locations and settings, including students over whom he was not a coach and had no supervisory duties. The alleged molestations occurred in places such as the school, in classrooms and in both Glosson's and the students' living quarters, and may have been videotaped. Glosson kept students quiet by threatening to hold them back from advancing in the program, through bribery, physical force, intimidation and deceit. It wasn't until a student recently spoke up about his alleged abuse to another supervisor that Glosson was arrested, at that point, other students began to come forward. The plaintiffs are seeking at least $75,000 each in damages for breach of fiduciary duty, negligent employment, and infliction of emotional distress.
The process by which Glosson was hired has also come under scrutiny, and there's some suspicion that he was an affirmative action hire. Silverado initially hired Glosson despite the fact that he had no formal training and no post-high school education. His first term of employment at the school ended in 2009 when he was fired for having inappropriate relations with students. Yet inexplicably, Glosson was rehired as a coach and athletic coordinator in late 2010 and allowed to supervise 13- to 18-year-olds; the abuse allegedly began almost immediately thereafter. Some commenters to the KSL story speculate Glosson may have played the race card to get re-hired. A search of the Silverado Academy blog, which has not been updated since September 2009, revealed no information about Glosson.
The academy has proclaimed their intent to cooperate fully in the investigation. Former U.S. Senate candidate Tim Bridgewater is the academy's executive director. He first learned of the situation on June 19th, and issued the following statement: "If proven true, it's very saddening for all of us...We’re a licensed facility governed by the state. We’re in complete compliance. This person had a background check, which he passed."
Some background check.
Silverado Academy was actually founded by Tim Bridgewater. The program costs between $4,000 and $7,000 each month and families must agree to send their teenagers to the school for a minimum of six months. The length of a teenager’s stay depends on progress; students live in a cabin and are assigned a set of coaches along with a therapist.